Sunday, June 22, 2008

Focus on Problems vs. Focus on Solutions

When NASA began the launch of astronauts into space, they found out that the pens wouldn't work at zero gravity (Ink won't flow down to the writing surface).

In order to solve this problem, it took them one decade and $12 million. They developed a pen that worked at zero gravity, upside down, underwater, in practically any surface including crystal and in a temperature range from below freezing to over 300 degrees C.

And what did Russians do.............................??

Guest it!!

The Russians used a Pencil!!!

Moral of the story: KISS (Keep It Simple,Stupid) i.e. always look for simple solutions. Devise the simplest possible solution that solves the problem.


Anonymous said...

... Except that pencils were a bad alternative to pens because they could potentially create graphite dust, which could short out vital electrical components in the space station.
Additionally, NASA didn't even create the space pen, a different company did because they new NASA would buy them in large quantities.

I saw this somewhere on, but cant find it right now.

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